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Henry J. "Hank" Guarriello

d. May 17, 2024


Henry J. “Hank” Guarriello passed away Friday morning, May 17, 2024 at his home in Greencastle, PA at 83 years old.   Born in Paterson, NJ, he was a son of the late Theodore and Emily Guarriello of Wykoff, NJ. Hank is survived by Janet his wife of 60 years; six children and their spouses, Theodore “Ted” III and Jaquie of Chambersburg, PA, Henry Jr. and Beth of Bethlehem, PA, Joseph and Jennifer of Seven Valleys, PA, Anthony “Tony” and Ann of Chambersburg, PA Michelle and Peter Meyer of Stafford, VA and Robert and Diane of Ponce Inlet, FL; he will also be ever loved and greatly missed by his sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graduate of St. Lukes Roman Catholic Grammar & High School in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, Hank was a lifelong member of the church and a dedicated philanthropist providing support to many causes for the underprivileged, education, and music.

Hank went on to study chemical engineering for two years at Dayton University before leaving school to work with his father in their newly formed business Nursery Supplies, Inc. As the company grew Hank was joined by several of his 7 siblings in the business over the years, however his brother Theodore “Ted” Jr. was steadfast in his commitment and became his true business partner and best friend. Hank moved the headquarters of Nursery Supplies to Chambersburg in 1993 and continued to grow the business with his wife, his brother, his sons and over 800 employees nationwide.

Hank was a true renaissance man who studied and began collecting wines at a young age and became a student of classical music with his focus on Italian operas, he earned his private pilot’s license in 1970 and took up singing as a serious hobby in the 1980’s.  In addition to his highly respected skills as a business leader and entrepreneur, He served on the boards of numerous local and national organizations. Hank is an inventor, and self-taught engineer, electrician, carpenter and plumber, who has several patents co-authored with his children and never met a mechanical problem that he couldn’t fix.  He was an avid sporting clays shooter who loved the “smell of cigars and gun powder.”

Despite all of this, Hank considered his family to be his biggest accomplishment and his greatest joy. His smile was never as big as when he was with wife Jan and they were surrounded by their loved ones.

Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.  However, Hank’s family will be hosting a reception to remember his “life well lived” for family and friends on Saturday, May 25 at 2:00 pm at their home in Greencastle, PA. Arrangements are by Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg, PA. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Cumberland Valley School of Music at, St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 395 S Ridge Ave, Greencastle, PA 17225, or Corpus Christi School, 305 N 2nd St, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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